Right Sitting Posture While Driving

by IndianAuto Team | 15/08/2018
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The perpetuation of improper sitting has been proved by many kinds of research to be the main root of multiple derivative health risks and syndromes.

1. Effect of sitting in an improper way

In many cases, it usually takes several months for someone to feel the bad effects of poor posture, which is the direct result of hours of daily activities being performed with substandard ergonomics. The signs include back, neck, lower and upper back pain, being probably followed by abnormal anatomical changes. Truck and public transport vehicle drivers, along with office workers are the most likely to develop those symptoms mentioned above due to the sedentary nature of their professions, improper sitting posture and lack of intermittent breaks.

And though these may sound very gloomy since it points out the fact of your job being the perilous factor to your well-being, it turns out that you actually can save yourself from all of the medical misfortunes relating to bad postures by forming new habits while driving and working. Still confused, read this article to find out about how to sit right.

sideways view of male driver behind the driving wheel

You can’t rely that much on seat design to do all the work of being ergonomic, you yourself need to take action by adjusting the posture

2. Risk of having poor posture

To be fair, we can’t cover every single health risk which is associated with sitting improperly (there are countless of them). The most common sign which can be felt is the respiring difficulty which is caused by the bad posture obstructing nasal passages, thus the inhaling and exhaling process. To be more specific, drooping forwards or backwards causes obstruction to channel of airflow through the nose, also make it harder for the lungs to expand, and as the result reduces the volume of the lungs to get oxygen for the entire body. Office workers, who sit in front of computers for long hours without frequent breaks for body relaxation, are prone to the neck, back and even jaw pain (caused by head jutting forwards).

The perpetuation of improper sitting has been proved by many kinds of research to be the main root of multiple derivative health risks and syndromes such as

  • Cardiovascular diseases

  • Spine alignment

  • Anatomical disfigurement

  • Blood vessel constriction

  • Stress stemming from negative mood and poor digestion

driving in improper way

The perpetuation of improper sitting has been proved by many kinds of research to be the main root of multiple derivative health risks and syndromes

3. How to sit right while driving?

The case is if you are unable of figuring out any way to improve your working condition or cut back the amount of time for the commute, you can still follow these following steps to avoid having bad posture, thus related health risk:

  • Don’t rely too much on the backrest. In fact, it creates more strain on the neck and upper back area out of leaning.

  • Whip up a cushion or improvised lumbar to support your lower back

  • Alter the height of driver’s seat so you can seat yourself straight and have sufficient support for your thighs as well.

  • Sitting too far away from the steering wheel will increase the strain on your arms since they are kept in a straight-up position for a long time. Sit closer to the steering wheel, have your arms bent and have the position changed often to encourage blood circulation in your arms.

  • If it happens to take several hours to finish the trip, take some breaks in between to leave your seat, warm yourself up first then do somebody stretching. Don’t try the other way around since sudden movements are very likely to injure tired muscles. After that, you can walk for a few minutes to boost up blood circulation and prevent fatigue.

Exercise should never precede body warming-up since sudden movements can cause serious damages to idle muscles

Exercise should never precede body warming-up since sudden movements can cause serious damages to idle muscles

Read more tips and guides on safety driving from IndianAuto:

A helpful guide to city driving in India

The danger of phone using while driving: How phones affect your driving

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